Obamacare Dealt a Blow as Tax Money Gets Stripped

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/20/2011

Martinsburg, WV – President Obama and his administration continue to ignore the people of America on the issue of life. More than once it has been made abundantly clear that a super, bi-partisan majority of Americans oppose abortion on demand and tax-payer funding for abortion. Yet our president and his administration continue to fund abortion both in America and abroad.

No ObamacareThe Republican led House of Representatives have continued to uphold their promise to defend life and listen to Americans on the issue of abortion. Last week a bill was passed with overwhelming support from both parties that effectively strips abortion funding from Obamacare.

Many people were led to believe that no funding for abortion was contained in Obamacare and that further precautions were taken when the president signed an Executive Order declaring that no public (tax payer) funding could be used for abortion. The problem is that the presidents Executive Order holds no weight under the law of Obamacare which allows for indirect funding of abortion through the government insurance exchanges.

The Protect Life Act (HR 358) passed the House with a bi-partisan 251-172 vote and passed the first hurdle to permanently removing all funding from the new healthcare legislation. After the vote, House Speaker John Boehner was pleased with the outcome and that lawmakers listened to Americans.

“With this bipartisan legislation, we are continuing to keep our pledge to listen to the American people, who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortion…The people’s will should be reflected in the law of the land, as opposed to an executive order that has no force of law and was deliberately conceived for that reason.”

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

WV Senators Vote to Fund Abortions Worldwide

Yesterday, the United States Senate had the opportunity to reject the President’s plan to use billions of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions worldwide.   On the question, “To restore the prohibition on funding of nongovernmental organizations that promote abortion as a method of birth control (the “Mexico City Policy“),” Senator’s Rockefeller and Byrd voted “Nay.”  Just to be clear, that means the good Senators voted in favor of using more taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, nationally and internationally.

In related news, President Obama appears poised to make good on his campaign promise to begin the funding of UNFPA – the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.  One might ask why the Bush administration ceased this practice.  According to LifeSiteNews.com,

President Bush halted funding for UNFPA when it was discovered by an independent investigation in 2001, and confirmed by a U.S. State Department investigation in 2002, that the UN group supported restrictive laws and coercive population control tactics in China, including forced abortion and sterilization.

In President Obama’s announcement that he was rescinding the Mexico City Policy, he noted his rationale:

I have directed my staff to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies.  They will also work to promote safe motherhood, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and increase educational and economic opportunities for women and girls.

In addition, I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund.  By resuming funding to UNFPA, the U.S. will be joining 180 other donor nations working collaboratively to reduce poverty, improve the health of women and children, prevent HIV/AIDS and provide family planning assistance to women in 154 countries.

Apparently, promoting “safe motherhood” is agreeing with the policy of some nations to force abortions on women.  I suppose, since most on the pro-abortion side of the argument conclude that the “fetus” is not an infant, that would achieve President Obama’s goal of reducing “infant mortality” as well.

I don’t think so.  

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.